Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D) used Justin Bieber as part of a presentation to highlight the inequities in Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” immigration law. Some of the law’s provisions were recently upheld by the US Supreme Court.
The law allows law enforcement in Arizona to inquire about the immigration status of people suspected of being in the United States illegally. It has been criticized as being a way for Arizona police officers to question people based on their appearance.
On the floor of the US House of Representatives, Gutierrez used a game to illustrate how selecting a person as an immigrant based on how they look is often misleading. Using photographs, Rep. Gutierrez showed two people side by side and asked his fellow House members to pick the immigrant.
Using Geraldo Rivera and Ted Koppel, he pointed out that while Rivera might look more likely to be the immigrant, he was born in Brooklyn while Koppel was born in England.
His next quiz personalities were pop star Selena Gomez and boyfriend Justin Bieber. The Congressman pointed out that while Gomez might be more likely to be singled out for her appearance, she was born in Texas while Bieber is from Canada.
He finished his presentation with a tongue-in-cheek warning for Bieber, who is expected to perform soon in Arizona.
“When you perform in Phoenix, remember to bring your papers,” he said.